posted on Jun, 12 2004 @ 07:03 PM
GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) - Top NFL executive Roger Goodell is optimistic about the fate of NFL Europe even though owners haven't reached an
agreement to keep the developmental league alive past 2005.
"We've got very positive support from the NFL owners and from the players. We're very optimistic about the future of the league,"
the NFL's chief operating officer and No. 2 man behind commissioner Paul Tagliabue.
"We think it's a great opportunity to show our product to the international markets."
Goodell said a status report on the developmental league was presented to the owners two weeks ago, and a plan for the league's future will be drawn
up in the summer. A concrete decision isn't expected until after the 2005 season.
The NFL has never released figures on the league's financial losses, although officials say NFL Europe's value to the game can't just be measured
NFL Europe has gained a reputation for producing some stellar quarterbacks, including Super Bowl starters Jake Delhomme, Brad Johnson and Kurt
The league is also looking into moving some of its franchises. There is talk the Scottish Claymores would move to Gelsenkirchen.
Four of the six teams in the league already are located in the country, where teams can draw 25,000 spectators to a game. Last year, NFL Europe folded
the Barcelona Dragons and moved the team to Cologne, Germany.